ELI5: Explain Like I'm 5

cease and desist

A cease and desist is a legal document that tells someone to stop doing something that's not allowed under the law. A cease and desist is used when someone is doing something wrong, like copying someone else's work or harassing them. It is a formal warning that tells the person to stop what they're doing before they face legal consequences. A cease and desist is a way to protect yourself and your property from someone who is not following the law.